For the second year in a row, I participated in Portland’s Annual Bridge Pedal (and Stride).
On August 14, 2016, I left my house in Albany
very early as usual, drove to Portland,
had breakfast at McDonald’s,
parked at the Sunset Transit Center,
and boarded a MAX train
to downtown Portland.
One of the exciting features of this event is being able to walk (or bike) across bridges on which cyclists and pedestrians are usually forbidden. In 2016 the 5¼-mile Stride route led us to the upper deck of the Fremont Bridge,
which carries U.S. Route 30
and Interstate 405
over the Willamette River.
I needed to travel light, so like before, I brought my pocket camera
instead of my usual Micro Four Thirds camera system.
As I have mentioned previously, there are times when a pocket camera is the right tool for the job.
At 8:00 AM we surged through the Old Town Chinatown District
and the Pearl District
until we arrived at the I-405 at NW Glisan Street.
From there we headed north on the southbound lanes of the I-405 which, obviously, had been closed to motor vehicle traffic, although the northbound lanes were still open. It wasn’t too long until we were approaching the apex of the Stride, both literally and figuratively: the upper deck of the elegant, double-decker Fremont Bridge, which is the second-longest tied-arch bridge
in the world.
If you have looked at very many of my photos on this site, you will know that I love bridges, and that I love photographing them. Therefore it was such a thrill to be on the top deck of this normally-inaccessible bridge where I could admire it and take pictures of it from this uncommon position. At the top was a tide of cyclists pedalling one direction, a current of pedestrians striding the opposite direction, and a gaggle of gawkers obstructing traffic, going nowhere at all. It was quite a circus! Of course, I did my share of gawking too.
I took a total of 107 pictures during the Stride. The best 58 have found their way into this album.